Students from the 4th, 5th and 6th grade of the Republic of Italy School in the town of Penco participated in the lecture “The Acidification of Our Sea: The Other Problem of CO2″, delivered by the marine biologist, Paulina Contreras, who was charged with explaining in a playful way the problems associated with the increase of pH in the oceans.
The activity, which every year summons postgraduate students, academics, researchers, research centers and public and private institutions, was framed in the initiative 1000 scientists 1000 classrooms led by the EXPLORA CONICYT Program, through its Regional Associativity Projects . The objective is to look for experts in different areas to leave their usual work spaces to attend school classrooms to share their experiences.
The Lab Manager of the Laboratory of Ecosystemic Functions (LAFE) and research assistant of the ICM Nucleus MUSELS, says that her talk started by specifying the role of the oceans in the planet and the biodiversity they harbor. Then she showed the students the concept of “pH”, and ended by explaining the problems associated with acidification of the sea, emphasizing the role currently played by the scientific community in this problem.
“With this talk we seek to spread our work to schools, starting with the theme that we develop. Along with this we carry practical material such as acidified shells, magnifying glasses to observe planktonic microorganisms, a pH meter to understand the concept pH, among others”, said the researcher.
She also says that this is not the first time they have participated in these scientific outreach days. “We usually match the 1000 scientists 1000 classrooms with our schedules, to program and define a theme. Then our subject is offered to different schools and it is the teachers themselves who match with to organize the visit so we present our talk to a specific class”.